Category Archives: mental health

Testing THC in the Psych Ward (Part 3)

“Crazy Hallowe’en, huh?” “Really. Quietest one I’ve had in years.” My fellow THC test subject, Hal, and I had figured on a wild Hallowe’en in the psych ward, complete with visions, spirits, demons, and various hallucinations. Not a chance, it … Continue reading

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Testing THC in the Psych Ward (Part 2)

On Monday morning, I reported to the program office. They handed me a 14-page “informed consent” waiver to read and sign. The first several pages discussed THC, its known effects and every conceivable side effect involved with the intravenous administration, … Continue reading

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Testing THC in the Psych Ward (Part 1)

“Do you smoke marijuana?” I looked around nervously before whispering, “Yes.” “Good — we’re looking for volunteers for a THC experiment.” 1977 — the whole year had been bad, starting with Mike Eddy’s death and Granny’s stroke. I spent the … Continue reading

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

I’m glad they chose the name Mental Health Awareness month. We all have mental health. Unfortunately, most people tend to think of mental health strictly in terms of mental illness, as if that’s all it can mean. My 20 years … Continue reading

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Sing a Song of Skip Spence

Listen, my friends…TURN IT UP! Today would have been Alex “Skip” Spence‘s 75th birthday — had he survived this long. He died in 1999, two days short of his 53rd birthday but not before he left a lasting legacy in … Continue reading

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Burn, Zozobra, Burn!

How did I not know of this tradition until this week? On the other hand, what better year than 2020 to first learn about Zozobra? This “news” reached me just in time to watch the Fire Spirit consume  & destroy … Continue reading

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No Regrets

Tip of the hat for today’s topic goes to Mark Blumenthal of the American Botanical Council. I first met Mark in passing years ago as a friend of the folks who ran Nothing Strikes Back. A few years back, I … Continue reading

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Get Happy!

Happiness is an inside job. —William Arthur Ward In our Declaration of Independence, we celebrate and venerate “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” — not happiness itself, mind you, but instead, the pursuit of happiness. Through the ages, humans … Continue reading

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More Laughter Yoga!

This is a follow-up to my earlier post about Laughter Yoga, with a few more resources to help you explore this phenomenon. At the end, you’ll see why I am posting this today, a special day for laughter yoga. They … Continue reading

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An Amateur Looks at Aging

“The trouble is: You think you have time.” —Jack Cornfield, Buddha’s Little Instruction Booklet I’ve become interested in several topics related to aging lately because I happen to be aging myself  — you are, too! I am an amateur at … Continue reading

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